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Halton Hills: Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

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Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Like so many other areas surrounding Toronto, Halton Hills – including Milton, Acton and Georgetown – is seeing its own spate of new development, as buyers head out of the city in search of larger homes and lower prices.

And in these areas, the predominant new housing type is still lowrise, though, also like other areas, new developments typically offer a mix of singles, semis and townhomes.

Small-town charm

Despite their proximity Toronto, these areas still boast much of their small-town charm, however. Established estate properties and historic neighbourhoods are now being joined by new masterplanned communities, including homes for young families.

Milton, the largest and fastest growing town in the area, features newer amenities such as the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and Milton Centre for the Arts to complement Kelso Conservation Area and Rattlesnake Point. And don’t forget the prized golf courses in the area, including Royal Ontario, Rattlesnake Point, Greystone, Granite Ridge, Piper’s Heath, Georgetown, Halton Country Club and Hornby Glen.

Georgetown has a notable cultural vibe, with live theatres and art galleries, including the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre in the historical village of Glen Williams, The Gallery at the Halton Hills Library and Cultural Centre, Beaumont Mill, also in Glen Williams, and many private studios.

And who could forget Acton, perhaps most well-known for the Olde Hide House, Canada’s largest leather store? This famous leather goods retailer isn’t just a shopping opportunity, however – though it is worth the drive to Acton. Indeed, the tanning industry has been an important part of the local history since the mid 1800s, thus this heritage and the Olde Hide House are forever woven together.

For those looking for more tradition retailers, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all a short drive from Toronto Premium Outlets, located just off Hwy. 401 at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road, which opened in 2013.

Nature’s doorstep

Perhaps one of the most appealing attractions to Halton Hills is its location at nature’s doorstep – alongside the Niagara Escarpment. Besides Kelso, the area also has some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the province, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre and the Mount Nemo Conservation Area.

If all that isn’t enough, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all also blessed with easy highway access. Hwy. 7, connecting Acton and Georgetown; Regional Road 8 (Steeles Avenue) between Milton and Brampton; Regional Road 25 connects Acton and Milton; and Hwy. 25 connects with Hwys. 401 and 407.

Location, location, location

Located in Southern Ontario in Halton Region, 60 kms from Toronto.

Population:

Milton 110,128;
Georgetown 42,123;
Acton 9,462.

Key landmarks

• Kelso Conservation Area

• Rattlesnake Point

• Mattamy National Cycling Centre

• Toronto Premium Outlets

• The Olde Hide House

Select housing developments

ACTON

Oak Meadows by Finoro Homes

MILTON

Hawthorne South Village & Soleil Condos by Mattamy Homes

Milton Village by Great Gulf

Panorama by Andrin Homes

Panorama by Canvas Developments

Panorama by Royalpark Homes

West Country by Country Homes

GEORGETOWN

Hello Georgetown by Remington Group

The Chase by Eden Oak Homes


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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) recently named the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

Due to the pandemic, DRHBA took the Awards ceremony online.

This year’s winners include ( full list and video ):

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Sales Brochure Design
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Homes/Suite
Brookfield Residential – New Seaton, Dunbarton

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume
Geranium – Courts of Canterbury

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Large Volume
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Back to Back Townhome
Minto Communities – Windsor Corner, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome under 2,000 sq. ft.
Delpark Homes with credit to Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists – Kingsbridge 7

Excellence in Highrise Building Design (7 Storeys and Up)
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (under 2,000 sq. ft.)
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (2,001-3,000 sq. ft.)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Single (3,001-4,000 sq. ft)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Social Media
FarSight Homes

Excellence in Website Design
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Supplier of the Year
Reliance Home Comfort

Prestige awards

Corporate Citizenship
Minto Communities Ontario

Community of the Year
Podium Developments – Ironwood in North Oshawa

Builder of the Year – Small Volume
Holland Homes Inc.

Builder of the Year – Large Volume
Great Gulf


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Local Focus - Barrie

Barrie – the gateway to cottage country open for business

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Barrie – the gateway to cottage country open for business

Barrie may be best known as the “gateway to cottage country,” but, borrowing from a recent initiative of a certain provincial politician, the city might just as well hang a sign out front saying “open for business.”

Indeed, the days of this city of 153,356 being little more than a popular tourist and getaway destination are long over.

Barrie is a thriving city in its own right. It has long moved on from a bedroom community for Toronto, about 100 kms south, to developing its own increasingly diversified economy, with a focus on education, healthcare, information technology and other sectors.

For example, Barrie hosts industry experts, executives, investors and entrepreneurs from across Ontario at the annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit. Presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada, the event strives to help manufacturers maintain competitiveness and maximize productivity.

Creative economy

Further illustrating a focus on economic development, the City has partnered with Sandbox Centre to make regional resources for innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible to local businesses. Opened in April, 2019, Sandbox Centre is the first private sector-led innovation hub in Ontario.

It is exactly these types of initiatives that make Barrie so appealing for real estate. Economic development means employment, jobs attract residents, and residents translate to housing demand.

The city’s ability to attract younger residents is influenced by its growing reputation as a place for families and young, active professionals. Recent GO Transit expansion has made it easier for professionals to live in Barrie, where it’s more affordable, and work in Toronto or somewhere along the way.

Aggregate home prices for the first quarter of 2020 were up 3.5 per cent, year-over-year, to $519,161 from $501,731, according to Royal LePage. For condominiums, prices were relatively flat, growing 0.9 per cent to $398,574 from $394,912.

While at first glance this might not seem like great news, but milder price growth can represent buying opportunities for Barrie’s resident profile – many of them young, first-time homebuyers.

Live, work and play

It’s not strictly business in Barrie, however. Tourism still plays an important role in the local economy, with the historic downtown and waterfront major attractions. The downtown area hosts numerous annual festivals and events such as The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrielicious, Winterfest, Jazz & Blues Festival, Promenade Days, and Ribfest and Craft Beer Show.

Barrie is also home to Kempenfest, one of the largest outdoor arts and crafts celebrations in Ontario.

During the winter months, people still flock to the area’s nearby hills – Horseshoe Resort, Mount St. Louis Moonstone, and a little further afoot, Blue Mountain.

Then, of course, there’s the hometown Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, who play out of the Barrie Molson Centre downtown.

Location, location, location

Located in Simcoe County in the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, about 100 kms north of Toronto, 36 km to Orillia; population 153,356.

Key landmarks

• Centennial Park & Beach

• Georgian Theatre

• Heritage Park

• MacLaren Art Centre

• Sadlon Arena

• Waterfront Heritage Trail

Select housing developments

Bear Creek Ridge by Pratt Homes

Essa Towns by Centreville Homes

Lakeview Towns by Plazacomm

Mapleview Park by Fernbrook Homes

Mapleview Park by Tiffany Park Homes

The Landing at Little Lake by The Landing Development Company

Ventura South Barrie by Honeyfield Communities

Yonge & GO by Pratt Homes

Yonge & Mapleview by Great Gulf


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The Entertainment District

The Entertainment District – prestigious destination on the rise

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The Entertainment District – prestigious destination on the rise

Long a hot spot filled with some of the city’s best theatres and restaurants, Toronto’s Entertainment District is in full-on transition mode – into also becoming one of the most prestigious condo destinations.

Indeed, if you haven’t been to the Entertainment District lately, you’re in for quite the surprise. You might not even recognize this booming neighbourhood.

Play, eat and live

Yes, the same Entertainment District punctuated by landmarks such as Roy Thompson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and Canada’s Walk of Fame, known as a place to play and eat, is now becoming known as a place to live.

With big name developers such as Great Gulf, Empire Communities and Plaza building signature projects in the area, the neighbourhood is alive with redevelopment. Population growth is on the rise, not just from new residents, but also from new businesses and an expanding bar and restaurant scene.

Born in the 1990s essentially as an entertainment and tourist hub, with a burgeoning nightclub scene elbowing its away among the existing theatres and restaurants, the early 2000s brought the first wave of a condo boom.

More recently, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences, Festival Tower, and Bisha Hotel and Residences are among some of the notable condo projects that are up and running.

Abuzz with excitement

One key cultural attraction, TIFF Bell Lightbox, opened in 2010 on the northwest corner of King Street and John Street. The first five floors of this 42-storey tower serve as headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, while the Festival Tower residences sit atop. With TIFF Bell Lightbox serving as host to countless international stars and pre-screenings during the annual festival, the area is often abuzz with excitement.

Add to this, more recent landmark developments such as Nobu Residences, being built by Madison Group, and you have an expanding array of notable residential opportunities.

Then there’s Wahlburgers (of the Wahlburgers restaurant chain and famed brothers Donny and Mark Wahlburg), and the popular Loose Moose and other hot spots… all of it a stone’s throw from the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower and Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Transition to excellence

And more is on the way. Great Gulf is proposing Mirvish+Gehry, a two-tower condo project atop two six-storey stepped podiums with 85,000 sq. ft. of multi-level retail space. And CentreCourt is building No. 55 Mercer at the corner of Mercer Street and Blue Jays Way, the site of Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant.

All of it adds up to an area in transition indeed – to excitement and excellence.

Location, location, location

Bordered by Spadina Avenue, King Street West, University Avenue and Front Street.

Key landmarks

  • Roy Thompson Hall
  • Princess of Wales Theatre
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Rogers Centre
  • Wahlburgers

Select housing developments

101 Spadina by Great Gulf

101 Spadina by Devron Developments

Bungalow on Mercer by Kalovida

Central • 38 Widmer by Concord Adex

Empire Maverick by Empire Communities

Encore at Theatre District by Plaza

Four Eleven King Condominiums by Great Gulf

Four Eleven King Condominiums by Terracap

No 55 Mercer by CentreCourt


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The Power Seat – building industry CEOs call for government change

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The Power Seat – building industry CEOs call for government change

The Power Seat is a new feature series in which we put one pointed question to a select, specific audience.

We asked CEO level executives among the homebuilding community:

“You have been invited to a meeting with representatives of municipal, provincial and federal governments, and it’s your turn to speak. What do you say to them?”

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This year is one of continual growth, which presents the opportunity to respond to the current and future challenges Ontarians face. All levels of government project an increase in Ontario’s population of 2.6 million #homebelievers by 2031. Change is where need meets opportunity.
We need more housing supply and choice across Ontario, and that means housing can be a cornerstone solution to climate change, the employment skills gap and the economy. Instead of viewing growth as a problem, let’s view it as the change opportunity for the type of future, communities and neighbourhoods that Ontarians want to call home.

Joe Vaccaro
CEO, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

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All three levels of government need to work collaboratively, rather than in silos, and with one agenda, rather than competing ones. With a housing affordability and supply problem impacting the GTA, we need solutions-oriented collaboration.
We need to make it simpler to bring new homes to market by streamlining the process, faster to build new homes by reducing approval times, and fairer by making sure fees and taxes are equitable

Dave Wilkes
President and CEO, BILD

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Help us do our job to create new housing. We have a shortage of housing because of the lack of supply. Don’t look at new housing as a golden goose that you can keep laying on more and more municipal charges. Right now, about 24 per cent of the cost of all new housing is going to some level of government in the form of taxes, levies, charges and fees.

Gary Switzer
Chief Executive Officer MOD Developments, Toronto

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The three levels of government, as well as builders and developers, may all have different constituencies, but our objectives are remarkably similar.

Affordable housing works for all of us. Good planning works for all of us. Good design works for all of us. Building Green buildings works for all of us. Governments working together with developers works for all of us and can help facilitate all of this.

At The Rose Corporation, we accomplished exactly this, working with York Region, the Town of Newmarket and the federal government (CMHC). Together, we are now building a sustainable, complete and better overall community for having worked in close consultation with each other.

Daniel Berholz
President, The Rose Corporation

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The largest issue surrounds climate change, GHG emissions and resilience in new housing. Over the next decade, these may be some of the biggest changes our industry will face. Our building code is about to be changed to begin steering the industry towards net-zero homes.

Government needs to support the R&D side of the construction industry so that new and better products can be developed. Net-zero homes are achievable. There are a number of builders that have already constructed a discovery home and are looking at the ability to market this in a production capacity. Although from a technical perspective this is achievable, it will come at a significant cost. Net-zero homes will not be cheap.

The bigger question, then, is, will such initiatives be affordable? This is what governments will have to balance. When they regulate such a high minimum standard, our industry will be forced to meet the requirements. This is where R&D pays back. We need materials and products that are approved and available at the best price points possible to adopt into our building program.

Government should keep a close eye on the timing for mandating high standards of construction, and be mindful that affordability must be a top priority in the implementation.

Johnathan Schickedanz
General Manager, FarSight Homes, President, Durham Region Home Builders’ Association

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Housing affordability is one of the most important issues facing Canadians today. TREB remains diligent, along with other real estate boards and associations across Canada, in urging all levels of government to remove barriers and reduce the cost of homeownership.

With all levels of government in Canada, plus reputable international bodies acknowledging that we have a housing supply problem, and specifically the affordability pressures facing the GTA, it’s imperative for the growth of our city and region that we have flexible housing market policies that will help sustain balanced market conditions over the long term.

The time is now and policymakers need to translate their acknowledgment of supply issues into concrete solutions in 2020 to bring a greater array of ownership and rental housing online. As always, TREB will be there to help policymakers have the right impact on the market and Canadians.

John DiMichele
CEO, Toronto Real Estate Board

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The bottom line is this: Unless we can shorten the time it takes to bring developments through the approval process and to market faster, demand is going to continue to outstrip supply.

There have been some very positive enhancements the provincial government has put through to try and reduce these timeframes, by reducing red tape and other changes, and we’re grateful for that.

But in many cases the Province and the municipalities do not see eye to eye on how policies should be applied, and this constant fighting continuously thwarts the positive efforts and mires the process.

We have to work together – the politicians, building industry and public – to accept growth, have growth pay for growth, and not for unrelated municipal spending as well. We need to plan to have adequate supply of all types of housing, but especially what is missing in our urban areas today – the two- and three-bedroom midrise condos – the “missing middle.”

 cl_feb2020_the_power_seat_bob_finniganBob Finnigan
Principal and COO of Acquisition & Housing, Herity, Toronto

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It’s vital that all three levels of government work together to address the housing affordability issue by increasing the supply of housing to meet demands of growth in the GTA for decades to come.

Sustained infrastructure growth requires multi-level government support partnering with private enterprise to foster innovation in procurement and delivery and that the planning approval process is streamlined to avoid increased costs which impact housing affordability.

The cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe need to actually adopt and implement provincial policies on development densities near transport nodes. Ultimately, the homeowners carry the burden of the increased costs from a lack of land supply, approval delays and development charge increases.

Niall Collins
President, Great Gulf Residential, Toronto

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Canadian economists and politicians have spent the better part of the last decade sighing with relief and sharing kudos for having skirted the U.S. housing crisis. Meanwhile, north of the border, Canadians are on a rollercoaster ride, as a result of government intervention and other factors. We’ve experienced record-high housing prices, record-low interest rates, economic downturns, and domestic speculators and foreign investors pushing people out of their homes because they can’t afford to live there anymore. We’ve seen housing inventory drop, and new development hindered by red tape and mounting development fees.

We need to keep up with housing demand to maintain sustainable housing values. It’s a complex issue with many moving parts.

To Mayor John Tory: Eliminate the municipal Land Transfer Tax, or at the very least, cap it. With Toronto’s ever-increasing property values, this tax is prohibitive in an already unaffordable market. The prospect of having to pay double LTT is deterring some move-up buyers from listing their homes, further straining the already low housing supply. How do you intend to stimulate housing market activity?

To Premier Doug Ford: Domestic and foreign immigration to Ontario is critical to a healthy economy, but as you work to continue attracting the biggest and best businesses to the province, where will you house the employees and their families? Housing supply is critically low, with developers stuck behind red tape and buried under development fees, preventing them from building the homes Ontarians so desperately need.

To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Canada needs a National Housing Strategy that addresses inventory and affordability in our cities. Many Canadians, especially Millennials, new immigrants and those employed in the so-called “gig economy” feel homeownership is becoming less tangible by the day. While politicians of all stripes acknowledge the mounting urgency of affordable housing, few are offering any timely or compelling solutions. Focus on creating supply and affordability in a sustainable way, instead of continuing to support corrective measures that have constrained Canadians from participating in the economically beneficial practice of homeownership.

Christopher Alexander
Executive Vice-President and Regional Director, ReMax of Ontario- Atlantic Canada

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411 King

411 King brings unparalleled living to King & Spadina

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411 King brings unparalleled living to King & Spadina

It’s no secret that Toronto’s King West strip has long been a world-class location for condominium purchasers and investors. Those who live and work in the area are part of a thriving downtown community, known for its unique energy, vibrancy, and plethora of opportunities for food, drinks, culture, entertainment, and ease of transit connections.

Those in the know have been longing for something special to rise on the corner of King and Spadina, also known as the heart of King West. This pinnacle location presents a rare and one-time opportunity to plant roots in the core of downtown Toronto, where location is, has been, and always will be, everything.

Great Gulf, one of North America’s premier real estate organizations, and Terracap, a private equity real estate group with a portfolio of properties that include 4 Million+ square feet of real estate across North America, have come together to bring an incredible residential condominium vision to fruition.

Illustrations are artist's concepts. Specifications are subject to change without notice E. & O.E.
Illustrations are artist’s concepts. Specifications are subject to change without notice E. & O.E.

411 King is a new condominium of 1-bedroom to 2-bedroom+ suites, from 400 to 1,000+ square feet, with an exciting offering that’s bringing unparalleled living to King & Spadina.

Great Gulf has a well-respected history along the King West strip, with a wide list of projects that continue to garner raving reviews from both owners and renters for everything from amenities programs to quality craftsmanship of suite features. Over the past 20 years, Great Gulf has developed a reputation for being the premier builder in the King West neighbourhood.

Terracap is a 1.5 Billion private equity group with a 30- year history developing multi-residential properties, retail and office spaces. This exciting partnership locks in a solid vision for this special location. With a very limited amount of real estate along King West, 411 King presents one of the last pre-construction developments, on the best corner, at the most premier destination in downtown Toronto.

With a perfect walk and transit score of 100, King West attracts visitors from across the GTA and around the globe, for its wealth of top-rated cuisine, theatre, culture, shopping, and entertainment. If there was ever an appropriate moment to use the cliché “location, location, location,” this is the time. Those who live in the area enjoy the conveniences of the very best of Toronto at their door. Whether using the many transit connections or walking to the wide spectrum of popular venues or hidden King Street gems, area residents are privy to a lifestyle of opportunity, convenience, and unlimited indulgences.

Key arts and cultural landmarks include the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Rogers Centre, and Roy Thompson Hall. This booming neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s most coveted attractions, restaurants, wellness retreats, businesses, spas, trendy cafés, high fashion boutiques, and so much more. It’s no wonder King West is a world-renowned destination that hosts international stars and the “who’s who” of sports, entertainment, and Toronto’s elite. In fact, with the development of 411 King, King Street is finally getting the crown it deserves.

411 King is unparalleled in the exciting opportunity it presents on the most prominent corner of King West. The building itself presents a unique dichotomy of styles by combining the aesthetics of an iconic modern tower with the industrial revolution design sensibility of a heritage brick façade that echoes old-world elegance. In fusing the two, the architecture embodies a mindfulness and respect for the ways in which this building will enter the existing King streetscape. The architecture creates a timeless and stunning exterior that combines modern architectural forms with historic charm.

What does unparalleled living look like for purchasers and future residents of 411 King? With a lifestyle of accessibility and abundance, there’s no limit to the range of possibilities to indulge, delight, inspire, and thrive – from day to night. Whether it’s the ease of a commute that begins and ends conveniently at your front door, or the selection of Toronto’s best restaurants, arts & culture, and entertainment venues only a quick stroll away, an unmatched lifestyle awaits at this exciting residential condominium, coming soon. Backed by the solid foundation of experience and expertise from two of North America’s foremost names in real estate development, 411 King is set to be the crowning jewel of King West. And, if rumours are true, an exciting impending announcement is set to make this limited opportunity unparalleled as well!


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Neighbourhood Watch: Yorkville

Yorkville – High end and priced to match

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Yorkville – High end and priced to match

If location, location, location is the golden rule of real estate, the Yorkville area of Toronto is one of the most shining examples. Indeed, it doesn’t get much more central than this, bounded by Bloor Street, Davenport Road, Yonge Street and Avenue Road. If midtown Toronto is what you want, a neighbourhood pretty much at the intersection of the city’s main subway lines at Yonge and Bloor is it.

Five-star is the perfect descriptor for Yorkville, home to the Mink Mile, one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping districts, along a stretch of Bloor. Upscale names such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Boss, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen operate flagship locations here, and north of Bloor, on Yorkville and Cumberland streets, you’ll find smaller buildings containing art galleries, first-floor retail and high-end restaurants. And of course, being so close to the famous Yonge Street, you’re just steps away from every retail option you can imagine, including the new Nordstrom Rack on the ground floor at 1 Bloor East.

Prized condo destination

As you can imagine, given Toronto’s condo boom, Yorkville is also a prized location for highrise living, with developers introducing several new projects in recent years, reflective of the luxurious character of the area.

“(8 Cumberland) is right on Yonge Street, you can walk to the subway door, it’s right there, and it connects to a path that goes through Yorkville and all the way through to Bloor Street,” Alan Vihant, Great Gulf’s senior vice-president, highrise, told Condo Life last fall at the groundbreaking for the company’s 8 Cumberland. This modern 51-storey condo with a century-old brick Victorian podium is located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge.

“8 Cumberland will create a new gateway to the Yorkville District,” says Great Gulf President, Residential, Niall Collins. “Our commitment to the neighbourhood’s revitalization includes a 36-storey condo tower at 18 Yorkville, the iconic 76-storey condo tower at One Bloor East and this 51-storey condo development all within a block radius.”

Award-winning

Nearby, Lanterra Developments is building 50 Scollard, a 41- storey condo at the corner of Bay and Scollard in Yorkville, with 77 exclusive residences. The project, in fact, earned Lanterra Best Highrise Building Design at the 2019 BILD Awards.

Complementing the high end, highrise living and shopping in Yorkville are nearby cultural offerings such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mira Godard Gallery, the Heffel Fine Art Auction House and Gallery 36.

And of course, blessed with a location along major transit arteries, getting to and from Yorkville is a breeze, with three subway stops along this stretch of Bloor.

Location, location, location

Bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west

Key landmarks

  • Cumberland Terrace
  • Gallery 36
  • Hemingway’s
  • Holt Renfrew Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Sassafraz
  • Windsor Arms Hotel

Select condo projects

8 Cumberland by Great Gulf

11 Yorkville by RioCan Living

11 Yorkville by Metropia

11 Yorkville by Capital Developments

50 Scollard by Lanterra Developments

321 Davenport by Alterra Group

625 Yonge Street by Edenshaw Developments


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Great Gulf, Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

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GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise
Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

Great Gulf and Tridel were among the big winners at the recent 39th Annual BILD Awards, as the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recognized the top builders and developers, projects and marketing initiatives in the industry.

Builders of the Year

Great Gulf earned the distinction of Lowrise Builder of the Year, while Tridel won for Mid/Highrise Builder of the Year.

Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise
Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise

The awards honour achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 40 categories. A group of 41 expert judges from across North America determined the winners from 850 submitted entries.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward Sorbara, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, was presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 52 years of leadership in the building and land development industry.

Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes
Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes

Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award

Tridel also took home the Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award for the company’s unique approach to corporate social responsibility. The founding families and every Tridel employee takes pride in the fact that the Tridel brand is synonymous with integrity, quality, customer service, innovation and sustainability.

People’s Choice Award

The coveted People’s Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to Aoyuan International for its M2M development. Aoyuan’s vision for M2M is a condominium community that supports and encourages a healthy urban lifestyle, while providing living options that make it easy for families to raise children in the city. The master plan includes more than 1,500 new residences, a community centre and a daycare.

“The People’s Choice Award is a unique honour because it is the public that decides the winner,” says BILD President and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Over 5,200 people cast votes for projects that competed for the best in city building. These projects demonstrate how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for home buyers in GTA.”

Best New Planned Community

Lakeview Community Partners Ltd. won Best New Planned Community for Lakeview Village. Lakeview Village reconnects the community through a diverse mix of build forms for different uses, including residential, cultural, institutional, commercial and retail. Lakeview will repurpose brownfield land that was once home to the Ontario Power Generation Station in Mississauga.

Lowrise Project of the Year

The Lowrise Project of the Year went to Treasure Hill Home Corp. for its Charbonnel development near De La Salle College in Toronto, while Urban Capital Property Group, M3 Condos, in Mississauga was selected as the Mid/Highrise Project of the Year.

Best Highrise Building Design

Best Highrise Building Design went to Lanterra Developments for 50 Scollard. The project boasts contemporary architecture from Norman Foster and interiors by Toronto-based Italian designer, Alessandro Munge, and an incomparable location in the heart of Yorkville.

Best Midrise Building Design

Alterra Group of Companies and Graywood Developments Ltd. won the award for Best Midrise Building Design for Wonder Condos. Wonder is one of the last of its kind in Toronto, a landmark address that will house heritage lofts, condos and townhouses. Wonder is built on the site of the former Weston Bakery on Eastern Avenue.

Best Overall Marketing Campaign

The award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to the team of Empire Communities and Pureblink for their campaign for Empire Phoenix.

For a complete list of award recipients, visit bildawards.com.

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Great Gulf Homes

Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

You may have heard that owning a new home in the GTA has become an almost impossible dream, but that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth! Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is a new masterplanned community of townhomes and singles coming soon to Taunton Rd. and Coronation Rd. in central Whitby. With freehold towns from 1,485 to 2,110 sq. ft , singles from 1,810 to 3,275 sq. ft., and prices starting at $515,990, it looks like the dream of homeownership is still very much within reach.

Room for a growing family

If you’re wondering where a family of three, four or more can find an affordable new home in the GTA, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Homebuyers will discover beautiful, family-size towns and singles with three- to five-bedroom floorplans available in this exciting new Great Gulf community. Additionally, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows will offer multiple layout options featuring, everything from second floor laundry rooms to expanded mudrooms, walk-in closets, two-car garages and more, to suit all family lifestyles and needs.

Outdoor time has been made a priority in all aspects of this community, with large lots providing ample yard space, charming, nature-infused neighbourhoods, and a sprawling community park.

A convenient commute to Toronto

Only a short drive east of Toronto, Whitby has become Durham Region’s most sought-after destination for active young families. It is a picturesque locale boasting more than 125 parks, 950 acres of active parkland, thousands of acres of lush open space and beaches, plus 60 km of trails, such as the renowned Ash Creek and Heber Down Conservation area. Whitby is also home to Canada’s largest municipally owned recreation facility, and a family-friendly entertainment centre loaded with everything from popular restaurants to a massive movie theatre, and even an indoor skydiving facility.

Not only will Great Gulf Whitby Meadows place homeowners at the bustling heart of the city, but this vibrant new community is only minutes away from the 401, 407, 412, and GO Transit. This makes for an easy, straight-forward commute west to downtown Toronto.

A home for your generation and the next

Great Gulf has a longstanding history in the Whitby area, and its commitment to building high-quality homes not only takes this generation of homebuyers into consideration, but subsequent generations as well.

The homes of Great Gulf Whitby Meadows are being planned with smarter construction, better materials and higher standards intended to benefit families and the environment. Both townhomes and singles will be Energy Star certified to ensure a higher level of energy savings and environmental sustainability. This means elevated standards in heating and cooling, insulation, electrical and plumbing, air quality and energy efficiency. The townhomes and singles will also be built with the science of H+me Technology, a state-of-the-art synergistic process where homes are virtually constructed to ensure precision before anything is physically built. Homes are pre-assembled in a dedicated facility allowing them to be built at a fraction of the time it takes traditionally. The H+me Technology’s advanced process ensures tighter gaps and fewer seams aiding to reduce energy consumption and material waste during construction by up to 70 per cent.

Spacious towns and singles, family-focused neighbourhoods, easy commuting, and all for the best price in the GTA. It sounds like Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer this generation of new homebuyers has been searching for. The question is, what are you waiting for?

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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Ontario’s most Green home builders and suppliers were honoured Feb. 28 at the 2018 EQ Awards. More than 250 guests, including Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, celebrated 20 years of EnerQuality along with the accomplishments of its leaders with the official announcement of the award winners.

“It speaks volumes to see how the longevity of EnerQuality and our certifications like Energy Star have continued to remain relevant and grow in impact over the years,” say Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The 2018 EQ Awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to carve a new path for the future with programs such as our Energy Star Multifamily Highrise certification.”

“The People’s Choice Award was an amazing new addition to the Awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” adds Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president of market development at EnerQuality. “Our certifications are voluntary investments by our builders. EnerQuality is committed to ensuring the greater public is aware of the investment these builders are making for the sustainability of these communities.”

2018 Hall of Fame: Sean Mason, President, Sean Mason Homes

Sean Mason has been a dedicated proponent of Energy Star for New Homes since the very first days. From 2002 to 2013, he encouraged Green building and land initiatives at Mason Homes, when it was among the first three builders in Canada to participate in and certify with the then-new Energy Star program, and the first in Canada to make Energy Star its standard. Since Sean.castarted in 2013, the company has won numerous awards, including BILD’s Green Builder of the Year in 2015, and EnerQuality’s started Builder (Small Volume) in 2018. He has also been a finalist in BILD’s Places to Grow Project of the Year and People’s Choice Project of the Year, and BILD’s Best Lowrise Project (Built Category). At Sean.ca, started is a standard offering, certifying 100 per cent of its homes. Mason’s stamp has been on more than 1,000 started homes in the last decade.

“Sean.ca is about building modern, healthier and more affordable Green homes in a sustainable community, allowing residents to connect with their neighbours in a meaningful way,” Mason says. “The platform EnerQuality has provided with started has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homeowners through a trusted third-party certifications.”

Impact Award 2018: Tamarack Homes

Tamarack Homes received the EnerQuality 2019 Impact Award for making significant long-term voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and showing outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainable practices. From its beginnings more than 70 years ago, Tamarack Homes has strived for the highest quality in construction and customer service by pursuing materials and technology that would become industry standards. Thirteen years ago, with the launch of a brand-new Ottawa community called Jackson Trails, Tamarack certified its first Energy Star home. Impressed with the results, Tamarack Homes committed the entire community to the new standard, a first for the entire region. Today, every home Tamarack builds carries the started certification.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to sustainability in the home-building industry,” says Chris Taggert, vice-president of Tamarack Homes. “The EnerQuality Impact Award symbolizes the commitment we make every day to prioritizing families, communities, and the environment.”

2018 EQ AWARD WINNERS

Builder Achievement
Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Building Innovation, Lowrise
RND Construction

Building Innovation, Mid/Highrise
Times Group

Energy Advisor
Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Small Volume)
Lucchetta Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Mid Volume)
Doug Tarry Custom Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Large Volume)
Minto Communities

Energy Star Champion
JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Group

Green Marketing Campaign (Print)
Sifton Properties

Green Marketing Campaign (Other)
Great Gulf

Leader of the Year
Roya Khaleeli, Minto Communities

Net Zero Builder
Reid’s Heritage Homes

Ontario Green Builder
Sifton Properties

Product Innovation
AeroBarrier

Industry Partner Award
Enbridge Gas Distribution Owens Corning
Union Gas

People’s Choice Award
Acorn Developments

PARTNER AWARDS

Enbridge Affordable Housing Award
Toronto Community Housing

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Residential)
Briarwood Development Group

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Commercial)
Times Group

Union Gas Optimum Home Award
Hilden Homes

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